Richmond Mutumbami (Centre) returns to the squad after being dropped for the series against New Zealand © Getty Images
Richmond Mutumbami (Centre) returns to the squad after being dropped for the series against New Zealand © Getty Images

Zimbabwe announced their One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) squad for the upcoming home series against Pakistan. Zimbabwe play Pakistan in in a series consisting of two T20Is followed by three ODIs. The only notable inclusion for the hosts is that of wicketkeeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbami. He has replaced Regis Chikabva, who was the first choice ‘keeper when New Zealand visited Zimbabwe in August. Mutumbami was dropped after he had a poor series against India. Also, Taurai Muzarabani has been included in the squad. He is yet to play an ODI, but has played in three T20Is till date. “It’s a squad based on building a performance-related culture and giving a platform to the younger players to prove their ability,” convener of selectors Kenyon Ziehl said in a news release on Monday. READ: Elton Chigumbura and others who scored their first two ODI centuries in successive innings

Pakistan arrive in Zimbabwe on September 24, and will play the first T20I on September 27. All the T20Is and ODIs will be played at the Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe had toured Pakistan earlier this year, which was the first occasion any team has toured Pakistan in six years. No international team had visited Pakistan after the Sri Lankan team was attacked by a group of terrorists. Zimbabwe lost both the ODI and the T20I series comprehensively and will look to extract revenge when Pakistan visit their shores later this month, according to starsports.com. READ: Zimbabwe will continue to struggle in international cricket if they don’t shape up

Zimbabwe squad: Elton Chigumbura (c), Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Prosper Utseya, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.